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Program Title: Double Suicide [Shinju ten no amijima]
EASC Code: JD-03
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Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama, Literature
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: DVD & VHS
Director: Masahiro Shinoda
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Release Date:
Running Time:104 min.
Color or BW: BW
Program Abstract: "A passionate fling might have been forgiven, but Jihei let his feeling cross the line from pleasure into love--for a geisha! Now he must pay the priceā€¦. With a wife and two small children to support, a mere staionery seller should have known better than to fall for the famous geisha Koharu. Though she returns Jihei's love, the lady knows all too well that the price of her freedom is beyond his means. But Jihei is too impassioned not to pledge that he can--and will--set her free. Osan, Jihei's wife, has suffered silently. Not only is her lovesick husband, Jihei, hopelessly in debt to the geisha house, his fiscal irresponsibiblity has bankrupted the family business. Neglected, deprived, yet bount by duty, Osan can only watch as Jihei plunges further toward self-destruction. Finally she writes to Koharu, begging the geisha to break off the affair before Jihei's despair leads to fatal consequences. Meanwhile, Jihei's affair is the talk of the town. His wife's family has been humiliated beyond endurance. They are calling for divorce and Jihei stands to lose everything: his home, his children, his loyal wife. But she cannot give up. As Double Suicide moves toward its inexorable and unverarably beautiful conclusion, director Masahiro Shinoda deftly exposes every force in Japanese society that suppresses love. Best of all, he brings to life a passion nothing on earth can silence--including death."
Data Entry Date: 2/15/2000